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A Watson-Glaser practice test is a ‘must do’ if you’ll be sitting this test for real at an interview or assessment event.
It’s the ultimate Critical Thinking test used in modern business and practising beforehand will give your chances of success a significant boost.
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What should you expect from your Watson-Glaser Practice Test?
Your ability to perform across five defined criteria will be measured. Let’s take a look at each one in turn.
Watson-Glaser Practice Test – Criterion 1: Drawing Inferences
How well can you draw conclusions from facts? Like all the elements of your Watson-Glaser practice test, this area is assessing your ability to make judgements based on limited information.
Each question in this part of the assessment contains a statement that is regarded as true, followed by a selection of inferences.
You will be asked to select one of five options for each inference: True, Probably True, Inadequate Data, False and Probably False.
Watson-Glaser Practice Test – Criterion 2: Recognising Assumptions
During your Watson-Glaser practice test your ability to assess whether a statement is justifiable based on a given assumption with be tested.
You’ll be shown two statements and you have to make a judgment call on whether the second statement can be justified by the assumptions of the first. There’s no room for ‘shades of grey’, your answer must be either ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
TOP TIP: There are two different types of Watson-Glaser tests out there: The original one, usually called “Form A” or “Watson-Glaser 1” and the more modern, shorter version, usually called “Form B” or “Watson-Glaser 2.0”. The older version has 80 questions and lasts almost an hour. The newer version has 40 questions, lasts for 35 minutes and scales to a higher difficulty.
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Watson-Glaser Practice Test – Criterion 3: Deductive Reasoning
A key element of your Watson-Glaser practice test is deductive reasoning. You’ll have to decide whether a follow-on statement is true based on a prior statement.
Your own knowledge must be disregarded, general knowledge is not being tested here, your decision must be based 100% on the first statement. Again, you have a binary choice in your answer: pick ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
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Watson-Glaser Practice Test – Criterion 4: Logical Interpretation
The fourth pillar of your Watson-Glaser practice test is logical interpretation. How well can you assess the weight of different arguments given a predetermined assumed-to-be-true statement?
You’ll be shown a paragraph that you must accept to be valid, and then you’ll be shown a ‘conclusion’ that follows on from the initial paragraph.
You must decide whether the conclusion is fair ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. Again, you can only answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
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Watson-Glaser Practice Test – Criterion 5: Argument Evaluation
How well can you distinguish between strong and weak arguments? This is the final element that will be measured during your Watson-Glaser practice test.
Again, you’ll be shown two passages of writing, a question statement and an answer statement and this time you must decide whether the answer statement is ‘strong’ or ‘weak’.
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A note about the BCAT test
The BCAT (Bar Course Aptitude Test) is based on the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal methodology. It is extremely similar to a Watson-Glaser test but not as widely used.
Trainee barristers are required to take the BCAT but most companies in both the private and public sector favour the Watson-Glaser test. You can get hold of a practice BCAT test here.
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